Editorials

If we could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, we would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is getting a grip on [...]

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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is widely [...]

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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term. On April 30, a month after the first enrollment period had closed, the DFL governor boasted in his State of the State address that [...]

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After years of debate and many lessons learned, it appears the path of the proposed 16-mile long Southwest Light Rail Transit has finally been decided. By a 14-2 vote, the Metro Council has approved the final route and the shallow tunnel option in Minneapolis. It is an option that this editorial board strongly supports. It [...]

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The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act has been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and is now state law. The act establishes the structure and a detailed definition of bullying behavior. “Bullying” means “intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive.” The act is specific in detail and defines [...]

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